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Protests as Oyo govt demolishes Ayefele’s radio station

There was a protest in Ibadan yesterday over the demolition of a radio station of the popular gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, by the Oyo state…

There was a protest in Ibadan yesterday over the demolition of a radio station of the popular gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, by the Oyo state government.

The government had last week issued a three-day ultimatum demolition notice to Ayefele, claiming the construction of the station contravened the town planning law of the state.

 But Ayefele had approached court to stop the demolition.

Ayefele lamented on his facebook account in a very short but terse statement: “Oyo state government did it at last… My pains, my sweat… So help me God,” he said. 

Director of Yinka Ayefele Nigeria Limited, David Ajiboye, who told reporters that the edifice had all the documents obtained from the state government for the establishment of business organization at that spot, said the station had lost a new equipment worth N28million to the demolition.

Ajiboye said the building was approved by the state government as a business premises, but that he was surprised that government could say it was not meant for radio station. 

One of the protesters, Akeem Jabaru, told our correspondent that the government had proved that it had no respect for the rule of law with its actions.  

He said: “They thought we are going to vandalise the bus so that they can begin to say Ayefele had destroyed the state property, but we have told our people never to do that. We knew it was a trap, but we will play maturely.”

Politicians in the state also visited the office complex of the state and condemned the demolition. 

Stalwarts of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Sarafadeen Alli,Femi Lanleyin, Hon. Dapo  Lam-Adesina,  Hon. Segun Olaleye, former governor Taofeek Arapaja and that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Engr Seyi Makinde, described it as anti-human and undemocratic.

The state Commissioner for information, Toye Arulogun, could not be reached